In a game that will forever live in infamy for the big plays that were and the even bigger calls that weren't, the Baltimore Ravens have defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 34-31 tonight (Sun., Feb. 3, 2013) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, to win Super Bowl XLVII.
Ray Lewis will get to ride off into the sunset with another title under his belt, whether you believe he deserves to or not.
The Ravens came storming out of the gate, setting the pace with a long drive that went for six points on a Joe Flacco connection to Anquan Boldin on their opening possession of the game. They went on a tear for the remainder of the first half, capitalizing on multiple 49ers mistakes to run the score up to 21-6 at halftime.
Then, Jacoby Jones took the opening kick of the second half a Super Bowl record 108 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-6 and seemingly end all hope for San Francisco faithful.
But Colin Kaepernick and company proceeded to do exactly what they did last week in their come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons to make it to this game: they kept their composure, moved the ball down the field with big plays from the stars they needed to step up, and got as close to within three points of the lead.
But Baltimore buckled down when they really needed to and staved off elimination.
The game is stepped in controversy, however, thanks to an unfortunate no call on a 4th and Goal play from the six yard line in the end zone where Michael Crabtree appeared to have been held by a Ravens defender but the referees did not throw a flag. That allowed Baltimore to take over and run the clock down to four seconds before an intentional safety and free kick that Ted Ginn failed to return for the touchdown the 49ers needed.
And that's that, Maniacs. The Ravens are champions of the professional football world.
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